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"People Helping People"
The Needham Community Council is a private 501(C)3 non-profit organization which supports people in Needham who have under-met health, educational or social needs, and promotes volunteerism, community and a sense of shared responsibility.

April 2021 Newsletter

Now Taking Thrift Store Donations
Spring is here and we are ready to begin accepting Thrift Store donations BY APPOINTMENT ONLY!  We ask that you follow our policies carefully so we may keep everyone safe - no exceptions! 


Please remember, if you would not give the item to a neighbor, please do not give it to us!  We have limited space and can only accept items we can resell in our Thrift Store. 
2. All items donated must be CLEAN and SALEABLE - remember the Thrift Shop is a fundraiser for all Council programs.  (We have no space for items we can not sell)
3. Please review the guidelines at the link below and
4. print the DONATION FORM to bring with you to your appointment.   


Our Fall Fundraiser was an overwhelming success!  We want to send a huge THANK YOU to everyone who made a gift.  The Council is funded entirely by private gifts from people like you.  This year the needs skyrocketed, but our community came out to support us at a level we never could have imagined.  We are so proud to be a part of Needham and to be able to help our residents through these difficult times.  Thank you for being a member of our "People Helping People" team.  

After over a year of havoc and disruption caused by a global pandemic, our children are finally going back to full in-person learning. Unfortunately, the Council's Child Assault Prevention (CAP) Program remains on pause for classroom workshops this school year. 

But for April's National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Council's CAP program will be running a webinar "Parenting to Prevent Our Children from Sexual Assault" through NCE's Parent University. The focus of this webinar will be on prevention education, suggestions on what all adults can do to empower children to be safer, links to resources, and time at the end for Q & A. This webinar is free and appropriate for all adults caring for elementary age children. There is an evening and a daytime option, Registration through NCE is required, click here, scroll down to find the applicable selection, and add to the cart.

CAP wants to remind everyone that there is support available for families and children who are experiencing adversity. Please click here for helpful information about Child Abuse Prevention Month and for resources from our CAP Adult Information Guide.

Restaurant Program is a Huge Hit

Supporting Food Pantry Families
Local Restaurants
Feeding a neighbor and helping a local restaurant could not be easier!

The response to our Restaurant Program has been overwhelming - both our customers and our neighbors are loving the meals and can feel great about helping their community!  

Each month over $6,000 worth of gift certificates to the restaurant of the month are sent to food pantry households so they can enjoy a prepared take-out meal.  Both our local restaurants and our local families appreciate a helping hand right now!

Click here to make an online donation.
(Please do not send us restaurant gift cards).

January/February - Chef Mike's
February/March - Hearth Pizzeria
March/April - Pancho's Taqueria
April/May - Frescos & Nicholas' Pizza
May/June - stay tuned

The TENT SALE is Coming Soon!

Because of the generous support of  A Tent for Rent, we are able to bring back the wildly popular TENT SALE! 

Look for all new inventory under the tent beginning on May 4th
Hours to be announced on our website and social media.

Jessica Moss from the Council on Aging and Stacey Fallon from the Community Council attended Vaccine clinics at the Housing Authority last month to introduce the Tablets & Tutor Program.  During the clinics they were able to showcase the Fire tablet and explain how they can be used to email, Zoom and surf the web.  They surveyed individual attendees and received dozens of requests for tablets.  We will be busy setting up, distributing and training these new users in March while we survey our current users to determine needs for technologies and/or training. 
This program is made possible by a grant from the Metro West Health Foundation and the Needham Center at the Heights/Council on Aging

Do you speak English? Are you looking for an opportunity to make a positive impact in your community? If so, consider volunteering as an English tutor for Needham Community Council's ELL (English Language Learner) Program. A core group of dedicated, adaptable, and welcoming volunteers enable adults throughout the community to improve their English skills.  No teaching experience is necessary; training is provided.
For more information: TUTOR APPLICATION!

Video of Anniversary celebration
Did you miss our 90th Anniversary Celebration v2.0 on March 18th?  Although our celebration of 90 years of people helping people was delayed a year, our 90 +1 virtual zoom event was a success. We shared a historic timeline video and honored The Front Steps Project with the Stephanie J. Kalin Distinguished Service Award and presented Michael Fanning with the very first Margie Margolis Youth Service Award
You can view the full event here:

Equal Justice in Needham for Families is now in the third month of their Lunch Equity Project! Both the Council and the Needham Community Farm are equal recipients of the donated funds for this brilliant program that addresses food insecurity in Needham. This community care initiative encourages families to put the money saved on their kids' lunches towards feeding our food insecure neighbors.

During the Covid-19 pandemic the Needham Public Schools have been distributing free grab-and-go lunches to all students regardless of need.
These lunches provide food for those who need it and jobs for nutritional service staff.

A Way to Give Back:
Donate funds from NPS free lunches to a family in need.
Join us in feeding it forward!



Fighting Hunger with us!

During the month of April, the Needham Street, Newton location of Stop & Shop
 will give a donation to the Needham Community Council for every Bloomin' 4 Good Bouquet purchased.

Did you miss the discussion with Dr. Robert Brooks guiding parents to  help their children make wise choices about physical and emotional health during the pandemic.  The event was a partnership with the Town of Needham Youth & Family Services and is now available to view at your convenience.  

Watch the event here:   ROBERT BROOKS WEBINAR VIDEO

We Welcome New Board Members
We welcome Andrea Wasserman and Joyce McCafferty to our Board of Directors.  The Board represents a broad group of community members with a range of professional and community–based experiences and expertise.
They are responsible for ensuring the Council has the resources it needs to meet our mission and they provide leadership and direction to staff and volunteers. For a full list of current Board members, please visit our website.

April Hours
We will be closed
Monday, April 19th
in honor of Patriots Day

Other Council Programs
Medical Equipment Loan

We are loaning out what we have in our inventory.  Call us, M-F, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at 781-444-2415, to check on availability and make arrangements for a contact-free pickup.  We will leave the equipment on our front porch for you to pick up at your convenience.

Borrowed medical equipment may be returned by leaving it on our front porch.  It will go through a thorough cleaning process before being made available for loan again.  


Having trouble getting to a local medical or vaccine appointment? 
You do not need to be income-
eligible to benefit from this program.  We are available to help you get where you need to go:
    • Call the office to set up your ride at least 24 hours prior to your appointment
    • Rides are offered, and must be completed, M-F between 9 am & 3 pm
    • All COVID safety protocol is in place - masks must be worn
    • You must be able to get to and from, and in and out, of the car independently.
    Thanks to BID-Needham for their grant in support of the Council transportation program.

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Sandra Robinson, Executive Director

Page van Amson, Director of Development and PR

Suzanne Baker, Asst. Director of Development and PR

Debbie Winnick, Advisor, Development and PR

Judy Lambert, Director of Programs & Volunteer Coordinator

Officers & Board of Directors 2020-21
Robert Dermody

Vice President
Lynn Alberding 

Kathleen Berner        

John Frantz

Past President
Margie Margolis

Priscilla Dasse

Diane DerMarderosian

Linda Farley

Lynn Gotwals

PJ Haskell

Jonathan Kappel 

Joyce McCafferty

Andrew McCollum

Alrie McNiff Daniels

Carrie Reddish

Diane Retzky

Mary Richman

Andrea Wasserman
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